Top home run hitters in Chicago White Sox history
By Phil Watson
White Sox all-time home run hitters – No. 14: Jim Thome
134 home runs from 2006-09
Jim Thome came to the Chicago White Sox late in his 22-year career, acquired in a November 2005 trade from the Philadelphia Phillies for outfielder Aaron Rowand, minor-leaguer Daniel Haigwood and a player to be named later that turned out to be left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Thome remained with the Sox until Aug. 31, 2009, when he was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor-leaguer Justin Fuller.
He was an All-Star in his first season with Chicago, belting 42 homers on a slash line of .288/.416/.598, but his production began to wane in 2007, when he slid to 35 bombs with a .275/.410/.563 slash line.
In 2008, he hit 34 homers but slashed just .245/.362/.503 and before he was traded in 2009, in his age-38 season, he hit 23 homers in 107 games on a slash of .249/.372/.493.
His first White Sox homer came off Cleveland Indians right-hander Fernando Cabrera on April 2, 2006, and his last was off Jeremy Guthrie of the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 21, 2008.
Thome played in one postseason series with Chicago, but was just 2-for-16 with no home runs and a walk in their loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018, Thome enters the 2020 season eighth on the all-time list with 612 career home runs.